What you need to know

Advising is an important part of the educational culture at MIT, and your advisor will be a key resource as you progress through your time here. He or she can help you choose classes, fulfill requirements, and address personal or academic concerns.

To make the most of your relationship with your advisor:

  • Take the initiative to stay in touch throughout the year, not just on Registration Day.
  • Be proactive. Meet with your advisor as soon as problems or academic difficulties arise and respond to messages promptly.
  • Expect to assume a gradual increase in responsibility for maintaining your relationship with your advisor as you progress through MIT.
  • Feel comfortable talking about non-academic issues.
  • Know that you have the right to change your advisor if you feel that you are not getting adequate support.

Visit the Office of the First Year for more information on advising.


The Office of Graduate Education offers a range of advising resources for graduate students. We recommend reviewing Roles & Relationships and Common Values on the Graduate Student Experience in particular.